ISO Standards



More than a million companies worldwide now have International Standards Organisation accreditation – a recognised standard for excellence in Quality, Environment and Occupational Health and Safety.  A recognised Quality Standard provides a visible benchmark by which a company can be measured by its customers.


There are a large number of standards available to any business that is looking to improve and it is difficult to decide which standard is the most suitable for a particular business.


ISO9001  – Quality

Although originally intended for manufacturing companies, ISO9001 is now used extensively in the service and social enterprise sectors.


To achieve an ISO 9001 accreditation a company needs to:

  • Have a clearly defined  business strategy and vision statement
  • Be customer focused
  • Ensure that all employees are regularly and adequately trained in the skills required
  • Maintain a written quality policy manual and have documented operational procedures
  • Keep adequate records of your activities
  • Take appropriate corrective and preventative actions when necessary
  • Be able to demonstrate that you are continually improving
  • Carry out regular audits of the effectiveness of your system


ISO 9001 sets the standard not only for physical quality assurance, but also for the implementation of effective general management systems.


ISO 14001 – Environment

As the environment comes more and more into focus through the attention of international governments this standard is being continually updated to reflect new changes in legislation.

To achieve ISO 14001 accreditation you need to:

  • Be able to sow how your operations meet the current legislative requirements
  • Undertake an environmental impact study
  • Regularly audit the effectiveness of your system
  • Put in place an improvement programme to meet the legal requirements and to adequately address areas such as drainage leaks and open water course pollution.
  • To continually raise the awareness of environmental issues with your personnel
  • Create an environment management system and procedure manual that documents  relevant legal aspects, ongoing improvement programmes, individual and corporate responsibilities,  emergency response procedures, waste storage policies, recovery procedures after spillage,  hazardous material handling and disposal.

Accreditation to ISO 14001 helps a business to operate more cost efficiently and in a environmentally responsible way.


BS OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety

Achieving BS OHSAS 18001 reduces the risk for customers, employees and visitors to your workplace and minimises the risks of legal action from any incidents that may occur


The award of BS OHSAS 18001 gives a business and its’ staff the knowledge that they operate in a healthy, safe environment.


BS OHSAS 18001 has been designed to be compatible with both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.


To achieve BS OHSAS 18001 accreditation a company needs to:

  • Undertake a full legislative review
  • Have in place a Health and Safety policy
  • Identify individual management responsibilities
  • Continually raise awareness of Health and Safety issues within the company
  • Have effective document control, record keeping and emergency response procedures
  • Risk assess all activities
  • Carry out regular audits of the effectiveness of your systems


Our Capabilities


Signa Business Advisers can call on qualified consultants to help you assess the most relevant standards for your business and assist you in the accreditation process.


If you would like  more information on how Signa can help please call us on 01494 562738 or send us a message.

Signa Ltd

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Bucks HP14 4SR

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